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Old 06-08-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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Non-radial MC for radial calipers?

As I mentioned in another post I am currently doing a GSXR front end swap on my SV.

Has anyone ever used a non-radial master cylinder for radial calipers? I have the complete GSXR radial brake setup but I also upgraded the levers on my SV (non-radial). Therefore I would really like to just throw my SV's MC onto the GSXR radial caliper setup but I am afraid this may cause some sort of mis-match in performance I am not foreseeing.

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Old 06-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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"Radial" calipers simple refer to their mounting style.
The said, most of them are high performance calipers and due to the size and number of pistons require a higher volume of fluid to operate properly.
A non radial master cylinder will likely have a smaller piston, therefore less volume per squeeze, whereas a radial will typically be a larger piston and spec'd properly to operate the calipers.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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Ah ok thanks I will stick with the radial master cylinder then.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:58 PM   #4
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I'm running the stock SV master cylinder on my bike along with the '06 gsxr 600 front end. No problems with the brakes, they work JUST fine. I need to upgrade to braided lines some time though.
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interestingly, My 05 ZX10r has radial brakes but a non radial MC stock from factory. I think that was a transitional year for them before they went radial on everything.
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I'm running the stock SV master cylinder on my bike along with the '06 gsxr 600 front end. No problems with the brakes, they work JUST fine. I need to upgrade to braided lines some time though.
Yeah, there is no question that it would work. I was more wondering if it is the optimal configuration. It would be a lot easier to use the SV MC. Then I wouldn't have to re-order levers and would be able to use the brake line from my SV.

There are a couple of threads on SVriders on this topic and there was really no definitive answer. Some people say its fine to run with the SV MC and some swear its better to run with the radial MC.
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